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Rain pounds Toronto, strands commuters on train

Commuters were stranded for more than three hours on a GO Train before a police marine unit arrived. All 1,400 passnegers were rescued by about 1 a.m.
Commuters were stranded for more than three hours on a GO Train before a police marine unit arrived. All 1,400 passnegers were rescued by about 1 a.m. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

Toronto police and firefigthers have rescued some 1,400 people from a commuter train that had become stranded on tracks — with water up to the windows — after a record rainfall pounded the city and slowed the evening commute.

Police helped get people off the stranded train until early Tuesday morning.

Police helped get people off the stranded train until early Tuesday morning. (Matt Llewellyn/CBC)A month’s worth of rain fell on Toronto in just a few hours, creating flash flooding and leaving some tracks that GO Trains use covered in water.A rush-hour train that was bound for Richmond Hill saw water seep onto its lower level and passengers take refuge on its upper deck.

Mike Li, a commuter, told The Canadian Press the GO Transit train became stuck after trying to back away from the water pooling on a section of track.

“People take it for what it’s worth, but some are frustrated too,” he said………[ Read more ]

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